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PDO for Norway's Nova development gets green light

Wintershall Norge AS and its partners have now received approval by the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy for the plan for development and operation (PDO) for the Nova development, about 120 km northwest of Bergen, Norway.

DEA Norge strikes out west of Wisting discovery, in the Barents Sea

DEA Norge AS, operator of production license 721, has concluded the drilling of wildcat well 7321/4-1. The well is dry.

Angus Energy begins RNS Balcombe 2Z well test

Angus Energy plc, a UK conventional oil and gas production and development company, has announced that the flow test of the horizontal well, Balcombe-2z, has commenced.

Wood awarded engineering, construction contract for Wintershall's Brage platform

Wood has secured a new call off from Wintershall to provide engineering and construction services to the Brage offshore platform, west of Bergen, Norway.

BP receives approval for Vorlich development, in the central North Sea

BP announced today that approval has been received from the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) to proceed with the Vorlich development in the central North Sea, which will target 30 MMboe, expected to produce 20,000 boed (gross) at peak.

Total increases its share in Danish Underground Consortium

Total has agreed to purchase from Chevron all the share capital of Chevron Denmark Inc. which holds a 12% interest in the Danish Underground Consortium (DUC), a 12% interest in License 8/06, and a 7.5% interest in the Tyra West pipeline.

Lundin Petroleum reports successful Alta appraisal well

Lundin Petroleum AB has announced that its wholly owned subsidiary Lundin Norway AS has successfully completed the Alta appraisal well 7220/11-5 and extended production test in PL609, in the southern Barents Sea.

Ashtead delivers installation monitoring services to Subsea 7 on Utgard development

Global subsea equipment specialist, Ashtead Technology, has successfully completed a subsea installation monitoring project for Subsea 7 in support of Equinor’s Utgard development, located in blocks 15/8 (NCS) and 16/18a (UKCS) of the central North Sea.

Total reports major gas find offshore UK

Total announces a major gas discovery on the Glendronach prospect, situated offshore UK, West of Shetland.

Aker BP completes delineation of Hanz field, drilling of North Sea wildcat

Aker BP ASA, operator of production license 028 B, has concluded the drilling of appraisal wells 25/10-16 S, A and C on Hanz field, as well as wildcat well 25/10-16 B drilled in production license 915 just southeast of the Hanz field.

Transocean Norge contracted for NCS drilling

Equinor has awarded Transocean a contract for drilling six wells on the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS) by use of the Transocean Norge mobile rig. Drilling start-up is scheduled for the summer of 2019.

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Verus Petroleum announces $400-million acquisition of E&P company

Verus Petroleum has signed a Sale & Purchase Agreement (SPA) for the acquisition of Cieco Exploration & Production (UK) Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of ITOCHU Corporation.

HALO acquires Third Energy Offshore Ltd.

Hague and London Oil plc, the oil and gas company with a diverse portfolio of production, development, appraisal and exploration assets currently focused in the Dutch sector of the Southern North Sea, has announced that it has entered into an agreement for the conditional acquisition of the entire share capital of Third Energy Offshore Ltd.

Prosafe wins $12-million support contract

Prosafe has signed a contract with a major oil and gas operator for the Safe Caledonia to provide accommodation support in the UK sector of the North Sea.

FSO tow and installation complete for Culzean field, offshore UK

Last week, hook up of the Ailsa Floating Storage and Offloading unit (FSO) was successfully completed. This marks the final step of the FSO transportation and installation for Culzean field, under the project management of Maersk Supply Service.

Equinor granted drilling permit for wildcat, west of Atlantis discovery

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has granted Equinor Energy AS a drilling permit for well 7324/3-1, cf. Section 15 of the Resource Management Regulations.

Zennor Petroleum acquires Britannia field interest

Zennor Petroleum Limited has announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Zennor North Sea Limited, has entered into a Sale and Purchase Agreement with Mitsui E&P UK Limited (MEPUK) in respect of its interests in United Kingdom Continental Shelf Licenses P.213, Block 16/26a, Area B and P.345 Block 16/27b Area B, which represent an 8.97% working interest in Britannia field.

Grey Matters initiative to harness oil, gas expertise to create viable new businesses

A transformative initiative which brought together redundant but highly experienced oil and gas professional, to create and launch exciting, innovative and scalable businesses is aiming to build on its success, as applications open for the third program.